Tennis Australia has released a statement saying that it deeply regrets the impact recent events surrounding Novak Djokovic have had on all players.
The statement – while not referencing Novak Djokovic’s case explicitly – also added that a review after the tournament will assess all aspects of preparation and planning in the lead up to the first Grand Slam of the year.
Djokovic, 34, had initially been granted a medical exemption following a “rigorous review process” involving two separate independent panels of medical experts, organisers said. However, his visa was cancelled upon entry. The world No. 1 won an appeal but would see his visa revoked again – this time by immigration minister Alex Hawke – and then lost a second appeal.
Australian Open 2022: How to watch, schedule, start times and live stream details
4 HOURS AGO
It is a narrative that has dominated the build-up to – and start of – the first Grand Slam of the year, and organisers have now released a statement addressing the situation and proposed next steps.
“We recognise that recent events have been a significant distraction for everyone and we deeply regret the impact this had on all players,” read the statement.
“There are always lessons to learn, and we will review all aspects of our preparation & implementation to inform our planning – as we do every year. That process always starts once the Australian Open champions have lifted their trophies,” added Tennis Australian in the statement released on Tuesday.
- Nadal on Djokovic – No player is more important than a tournament
- ‘Djokovic saga distracting audiences from great tennis’ – Raducanu
The decision to cancel Djokovic’s visa has denied the 34-year-old the opportunity to defend his Australian Open crown, win at Melbourne Park for a record-extending 10th time and move ahead of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer’s joint-record haul of 20 Grand Slams.
– – –
Stream the 2022 Australian Open live and on demand on discovery+. A subscription for discovery+ is now £29.99 for the first year for UK users, down from £59.99
‘He’s heavy favourite, not Nadal’ – Medvedev ‘best player in world without Djokovic’ says Wilander
4 HOURS AGO
Nadal not interested in GOAT ‘movie’, Osaka’s ‘FABEV’ shout-out – AO diary
19 HOURS AGO